There were a large number of congressional primaries decided in New York tonight. The highlights:
Kirsten Gillibrand has been U.S. Senator for New York without ever being selected either by New York voters in general or even New York State Democratic voters. Tonight, however, with 89 percent of precincts reporting, Gillibrand has a solid lead ahead of rival Gail Goode. Gillibrand currently has 76 percent of the vote.
Only two-thirds of precincts in the 3rd congressional district are reporting, but they show Republican incumbent Peter King with over 90 percent of the vote so far, sure to win over challenger Robert Previdi. Howard Kudler was the uncontested candidate for the Democratic nomination.
With 56 percent of precincts reporting in the 4th district, Fran Becker has a 12 point lead over rival Republicans. The winner will face Democratic incumbent Carolyn McCarthy.
Reshma Saujani failed to gain much traction in her campaign to unseat Democratic incumbent Carolyn Maloney. Saujani obtained just 19.2 percent of the vote. Maloney will defend her seat against Republican Ryan Brumberg in the general election.
Charles Rangel retained a majority of the Democratic vote in his district, just barely, with 50.5 percent of the vote. Rangel was challenged by four insurgent Democrats. Liberal labor leader Jonathan Tasini got only 5.4 percent of the vote. Michel Faulkner has the Republican nomination to campaign against Rangel this autumn.
In the 23rd congressional district, Matt Doheny defeated 2009 special election candidate Doug Hoffman by about 4.5 percentage points to gain the Republican nomination. Blue Dog Democrat Bill Owens, the incumbent, was not challenged from within his own party.